The Ultimate Experience: Battlefield Revelations and the Making of Modern War Culture, 1450-2000

Hardcover | April 15, 2008

byYuval Noah Harari

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For millennia, war was viewed as a supreme test. In the period 1750-1850 war became much more than a test: it became a secular revelation. This new understanding of war as revelation completely transformed Western war culture, revolutionizing politics, the personal experience of war, the status of common soldiers, and the tenets of military theory.

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For millennia, war was viewed as a supreme test. In the period 1750-1850 war became much more than a test: it became a secular revelation. This new understanding of war as revelation completely transformed Western war culture, revolutionizing politics, the personal experience of war, the status of common soldiers, and the tenets of mil...

YUVAL NOAH HARARI is a military historian specializing in the study of war experience and war culture. He lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:408 pages, 8.75 × 5.85 × 1.09 inPublished:April 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface * PART I:INTRODUCTION – WAR AS REVELATION, 1865-2000 * PART II: 1450-1740 – THE SUPREMACY OF MIND * Suffering, Death and Revelation in Early Modern Culture * The Absence of Revelation from Early Modern Military Memoirs * Why War Revealed Nothing * PART III: 1740-1865 – THE REVOLT OF THE BODY * Bodies Begin to Think * The Rise of the Common Soldier * The Rise of the Revelatory Interpretation of War * Conclusions: The Things Which Make You Know, 1865-2000 * Works Cited

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"[A] provocative book with a thesis of interest to anyone interested in individual perceptions of war... Highly recommended." —CHOICE